Summer is officially here and so is the heat! The garden is soaking up the sunlight on these ultra-long days and growing fast.

In Fields 2 and 3 are potatoes, garlic, onions and various cover crops. Nearby are the two greenhouses. The old greenhouse in front is home to the tomatoes and the new greenhouse behind is still where seedlings mature before moving out to the field as transplants.

Through the roll-up sides of the old greenhouse (put up in the daytime for ventilation and put down at night for warmth) you can see the tomatoes are getting tall.

Inside view of the tomatoes growing up the string trellises.


In Field 1 are the peas, broccoli, eggplant, radishes, lettuce, spinach, bok choy, kohlrabi, beans, turnips, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, corn, carrots and beets. Most of the mid-late summer veggies are still small but growing by leaps and bounds every day.

Lettuce is one of the first late spring veggies to appear and we've been eating it for the past couple of weeks. It's so exciting to start digging into fresh garden produce after a long winter of root cellar veggies, preserves and pickles and the few things we buy at the grocery store. I'm never disappointed at the amazing taste of the food our land gives us.

Veggies aren't the only thing growing at the farm this season. Baby #3 is due to arrive in two months with all my late summer favorites like corn, peppers and zucchini.

The kids have started their own little garden in the front near the house. They check daily on the progress of the cherry tomatoes, beans, peppers, cucumbers, peas, carrots and lettuce. There's also a small corn plot nearby.

Stay cool during these sweltering days! Visit our CSA page for info on our local pick-up options.

Recipe: Cucumber Watermelon Salad

A refreshing salad that underscores the sweetness of summer watermelon with salty cubes of feta is perfect for when the heat hits hard. Cucumber adds crunch and basil is fragrant and delicious, although mint would work very well here too. We lingered over this salad with drinks and good friends while the kids chased each other around on a bright summer evening. It almost made me feel like summer could last forever...

- 2 medium or 3 small cucumbers
- handful of basil
- 1/2 of a small watermelon
- 200 g feta cheese
- apple cider vinegar
- olive oil
- salt to taste


1) Chop cucumbers and watermelon into small cubes.

2) Prep basil by washing gently and pulling leaves off the stem. This is a great task for young kitchen helpers like our friend, Laila.

3) Mix cucumber, watermelon and basil together with a sprinkle of salt. Drizzle with apple cider vinegar and olive oil and stir.

4) Chop feta into small cubes and add to salad. Mix gently and serve.